Mum and dad’s love for brave Heather, 9

Tragic pass­ing of school­girl af­ter se­ri­ous ill­ness

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Love

The heart­bro­ken par­ents of a brave girl this week paid trib­ute to their “in­spi­ra­tional daugh­ter” who died sud­denly at the age of nine.

Pop­u­lar Heather Hunter had been bat­tling heart prob­lems over the past three years due to rheumatic fever and passed away on Tues­day, Au­gust 16.

The young­ster was sur­rounded by her mum Michelle, dad An­drew and lit­tle brother Archie, aged 7.

Now Heather’s loved ones have raised a mag­nif­i­cent £4000 to keep her memory alive.

The money will pay for a me­mo­rial bench at Carfin Grotto where her grand­moth­ers ashes were scat­tered and will do­nate what’s left of the funds to the car­diac unit at the Royal Hospital for Chil­dren, Glas­gow.

Heather’s mum Michelle told the Wishaw Press she has been over­whelmed by every­one’s gen­eros­ity and sup­port the fam­ily have re­ceived over the past few weeks.

“We can’t quite be­lieve what has hap­pened,” she said.

“Heather was not only lovely on the out­side but she was beau­ti­ful in­side too.

“She touched the hearts of every­one she met and that has been clear to see since she passed away.

“The way peo­ple have ral­lied to­gether and what they have done to raise this amaz­ing amount of money has been ex­tra­or­di­nary.

“We are grate­ful that peo­ple have taken time out of their busy lives to do this for our daugh­ter.“

In just 15 days the Just Giving page set up by close friends Claire Gilchrist and Louise Don­nachie Hen­der­son, has re­ceived 175 do­na­tions and £4060 so far.

The girls wrote: “No par­ent should need to go through this heart­break­ing, hor­ren­dous night­mare and we are ask­ing our friends and fam­ily to help us raise as much money as pos­si­ble to keep Heather’s memory alive for­ever.

“Heather has touched so many peo­ple’s life’s and had the sweet­est, kind­est, car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate na­ture.

“She was the best big sis­ter her lit­tle brother Archie could have asked for and a best friend to any­one who met her. “She was her par­ents hero.” Michelle, of Ne­warthill, added: “We want to keep Heather’s le­gacy alive and hav­ing this me­mo­rial bench will help us to do that.

“Heather was an in­spi­ra­tion and the way she fought her ill­ness was amaz­ing. Her strength was re­mark­able.

“The bench wi l l b e some­where we can all to go re­mem­ber her and we hope oth­ers who find them­selves in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion can also take strength from it.”

Claire and Louise are hold­ing a fundrais­ing event at Aroma Cof­fee House in Ste­warton Street, Wishaw, to help raise more funds are on the look out for raf­fle prizes.

More in­for­ma­tion about the event will be avail­able nearer the time.

The girls added:” We hope every­one will help us with this as Princess Heather touched every­one’s heart that she met.”

Heather, a pupil at Keir Hardie Me­mo­rial School, Motherwell, was laid to rest at Ne­warthill Par­ish Church last Fri­day.

Af­ter the wake fam­ily and friends, wear­ing bright colours, went out­side to re­lease a bal­lon with a spe­cial mes­sage and kiss to heaven as a fi­nal farewell to beau­ti­ful Heather.

Tributes Hunter Heather

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